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Class - Building in Color

Level:  Next Steps Knitting. 
Students should know how to knit, and purl.  Knowledge of long tail cast on method useful but not required.

Class meets 1 or 2 times a month for 6 months on various Sundays from 10:00 – 12:30 (2.5 hrs)

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Building in Color Blanket in colors red, white, and brown draped on a park bench.

This class will use the pattern book Building in Color by Michelle Hunter to guide our exploration of color. This project features 10 narrow panels, each with different colorwork skills to learn. Once the panels are joined the blanket is framed by striped boarder with a picot edge.  If you are interested in learning these skills but don't want to complete the blanket that's cool too.  You are welcome to make sample swatches instead of full panels. There's no obligation to finish the blanket, but if you want the blanket you can do it!

Pattern Book (required):  Building in Color by Michelle Hunter aka Knit Purl Hunter.  

This pattern book is available in print or as an ebook (PDF) on Ravelry.  Purchase this class "with Materials" to get the print book with a discount. You may acquire the pattern book in your preferred format.  If you purchase the ebook on Ravelry please note that we cannot print the ebook for you. 

Yarn:  Any worsted weight or DK weight yarn will be a great choice.

The pattern is written for 3 colors of HiKoo Simplicity, 117 yards, 50 grams, 55% superwash merino, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon. 

You may use more than 3 colors.  Some of the panels use only 2 colors, but several will require a 3rd color. If you intend to complete the blanket project as written you will need 400 grams of worsted weight yarn in each of 3 colors.  That’s going to be 1,200 grams total.  If you intend to follow along in class and just make swatch’s you will probably be ok with just 100-200 grams of any colors you are working with.

For the best learning, we recommend choosing colors of the same yarn but, mixing and matching yarns isn’t out of the question. For the best results look for smooth yarns.  Avoid, fluffy, fuzzy, hairy, or textured yarns. Look for colors that have contrast in color or value. Solids, semi-solids, and tonals will be easiest to use. Variegated yarns that do not have high contrast colors within them can be used successfully when matched with a variegated or solid yarn that does not share any color overlaps. Because understanding color selection is a big part of successful colorwork projects, the first class will start with a conversation about color.  You’ll have the chance to refine your color choices or change things completely after the first class.

Yarn in the shop to consider include:
Berroco Ultra Wool DK
Malabrigo Rios
Plymouth Galway
Plymouth Worsted Superwash Merino
Berroco Comfort Worsted
Berroco Vintage Worsted
Plymouth Encore Worsted
Jody Long Coastline

Recommended gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” in stockinette on US 6 needles. (circulars recomended)

Gauge is not critical for this project but, it will impact yardage requirements. If in doubt use the needle size recommended on your yarn label. You can always work up a little square to make sure you like the way your yarn behaves on your needles.

Meeting Schedule: Select Sundays from 10am-12:30 starting in February 2024. Please read the meeting schedule carefully.

This class will meet on Sunday mornings at least once a month.  Meeting dates vary each month. Please look at the scheduled dates closely prior to registration. You are signing up for all dates when you register.  April 7 and April 28 are included as make up days for inclement weather.  In the event that winter weather causes a class cancelation in February or March we will meet on April 7 and if there are 2 inclement weather cancelations we will meet on April 28.  We will not meet on April 7 or April 28 if there are no inclement weather cancelations.  If by chance we need more that 2 snow days we'll find dates in June or July as fall back dates. (And, now that we've planed for winter weather, we remind ourselves that this is Maryland and we may get nothing.)

We understand that this class may be a big commitment, an investment. This is a bargain rate for 20 hours of face time with an amaxing instructor. As with any long term class we expect that life may get in the way. At some point you may need to miss class.  That's OK! We’ve considered this in the cost so you don’t need to fret.  

What happens if you miss a class? Your instructor will try and get you caught up in following classes as time permits between the regularly planned topics.  If you know about absences in advance your instructor may be able to cover some additional material with you in an earlier class with enough advanced notice. No discount will be provided for missed classes. (Remeber we've already factored that in the cost.) 

Meeting Dates & Tenative Agenda for each class:
8 meetings, 2.5 hours each. (10 dates scheduled in case of snow)

  1.      Feb 4: Review Color Selection, Panel #1 "Intarsia" (also used in Panel #9 "Intarsia Cable") - 2 colors required for class.
  2.      Feb 18: Panel #2 "Double Ended Knitting" and Panel *6 "Elongated Stitch"
  3.      Mar 3: Panel #5 "Make 1 Purl" and Panel #7 "Mosaic"
  4.      Mar 31: Panel #4 "Knit one Below" and "Butterfly Stitch"
    --->  April 7 (Snow Make-up Day)
  5.      April 21: Panel #3 Short Rows" and Panel #4 "Tuck Stitch"
    --->  April 28 (Snow Make-up Day)
  6.      May 19: Blocking Demonstration, plus, as time allows, Vertical Seaming and Weaving in Ends
  7.      June 16: Vertical Seaming, Starting the border
  8.      July 21: Picot Bind off and Review.

What You Need at the First Class:

Come to the first class with your pattern book, your needles, and at least 2 colors of yarn wound and ready to cast on. If you purchase this class using the “with materials” option you will receive your pattern book at the first class. If you have the pattern book before the first class you should read the first few pages, up through page 9. (Or up through page 11 if you are feeling zealous.) If you don’t understand everything you are reading don’t worry! That’s what you are here to learn. ;)

Requirements: Participants must be able to cast on, knit, and purl comfortably without assistance.
Instructor: Stephanie
Pattern book available at discounted price if purchased "with Materials". (discount available with website registration only.)

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.